Hostility, misinformation and political polarisation holding back global peace

The latest Positive Peace Report reveals what is hampering global development towards a more peaceful world.

Global Positive Peace has been held back by the spread of false information, political polarisation, and tensions between different social groups.

Data from the latest Positive Peace Report 2019 reveals that while the global score for the Positive Peace Index improved by 2.6 per cent since 2009, the rise has been hampered by deteriorations in indicators measuring social views, tensions and perceptions worldwide.

A closer look at the global score shows that while the progression of Positive Peace around the world seems to be uniform from year to year, the changes within the three categories of index’s indicators vary considerably.

The Attitudes domain of the index deteriorated the most, by four per cent, reflecting deteriorations in indicators including quality of information, factionalised elites and hostility to foreigners and private property.

A drop in the quality of information indicator reveals governments are disseminating false or misleading information more often. There is also increasing fragmentation of ruling elites and state institutions along either ethnic, class, clan, racial or religious lines, shown in the deteriorating factionalised elites indicator, while antagonistic attitudes and hostility towards foreigners also increased around the world.

Read the latest Positive Peace Report 2019.